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Real Ghosts for Halloween

  • October 23, 2017
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Along the narrow, twisty road of the Palisades Parkway in New York State lies a small, neat, spooky house.

Okay, not spooky. It’s the Visitor Center. But the one thing I adore about visitor centers is the selection of local or regional books. This year’s buy was Ghosts of Rockland County by Linda Zimmermann.

Rule number one: Don’t read it at night. Learn from my mistakes. While the book is filled with fascinating history about people and places of the area, never forget: It’s a book about ghosts.

From sightings of Benedict Arnold to a young woman named Lily who loved to socialize a decade after her passing to a ghost family annoyed at the current “intruders,” this book makes for a very good read, especially around this time of year.


Less factual in tone but no less interesting is Spooky New York: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore, retold by S. E. Schlosser. It reads like someone telling tales around a campfire and includes other creatures of the night along with ghosts.

So settle in with some hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and a circle of people to regale with stories of things that go bump in the night. Or read them alone—if you dare.


  • Carrie • October 23, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for pointing out these books. I love local and regional lore. There’s a stretch of the Henry Hudson Parkway in NYC with the river on one side and thick woods on the other. Whenever I’ve driven through there, I could practically hear leather-stockinged feet running through the dead leaves. As far as I’m concerned, the 18th century still exists in those woods.

    • J. M. Levinton • October 23, 2017 at 11:04 am

      You gave me goosebumps! LOL

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